For the first time in four years, one of Port Coquitlam's top lacrosse teams captured a provincial championship.
And it was a stone's throw from their home floor, so no "Hail Mary" required.
The PoCo Saints won the 2022 BC Lacrosse minor box junior female title this past weekend, finishing with a 6-1 record at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.
In fact, they were the most dominant of all the six participating clubs as the women reached double-digit scores in five contests.
That included the final as the Saints flew past the Ridge Meadows Burrards 10-3 to claim their first B.C. gold since 2018.
Katelyn Walker was named provincials MVP, while teammate Kennedy Blair was awarded the Warrior Fair Play Award for her class and sport.
Kara Goertz was named to the all-star line-up — made up of one player from each team at junior provincials.
The Port Coquitlam Saints junior female team's game-by-game results were as follows:
- 10-3 over Ridge Meadows (final)
- 12-2 over Nanaimo
- 6-4 over Coquitlam Team 2
- 11-2 over Coquitlam Team 2
- 12-3 over Burnaby
- 7-3 loss to Coquitlam Team 1
- 10-4 over Ridge Meadows
Meanwhile, an all-Coquitlam Adanacs' bronze-medal match-up saw Team 2 defeat Team 1 in a close 4-2 contest to claim third place.
The Saints' also settled for silver in the under-14 'A' provincial championship last weekend after falling 9-7 to Ridge Meadows.
Port Coquitlam joined forces with Port Moody and Langley to provide a full roster for the tournament.
The Coquitlam Adanacs' under-12 female squad also earned a silver after losing 6-1 to Ridge Meadows in the final of its respective BC Lacrosse championships.
The 2020 and 2021 provincial events were cancelled as a result of the then state of the COVID-19 pandemic.